Granada High senior Vince Fernandez was so excited after he crushed one to deep right field that he forgot to touch first base.
He retreated just in time and settled for a prodigious three-run single in the Matadors' 15-0 baseball rout of Amador Valley on Friday in the East Bay Athletic League.
Enjoying an epic season, Granada (20-0, 10-0) can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win over visiting California on Wednesday.
Fernandez was 3 for 4 with a grand slam and seven RBIs, with all the production coming in the fourth and fifth innings.
He chuckled later about his fourth-inning mini-drama on the basepaths.
"I was rounding first and I was getting too excited looking at the ball," said Fernandez, who is headed to UC Riverside. "I missed first base by like a foot. I went back, and the umpire told me, 'Good thing you went back to first.' "
Granada starter Anthony Olmo (9-0) held Amador Valley hitless for the first three innings of a solid five-inning stint.
Ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Freeman national rankings, Granada seems unfazed playing with a bull's-eye on its back.
Amador Valley (13-7, 6-4) is no pushover. The Dons started the afternoon in a three-way tie for second place and were coming off a confidence-boosting 7-4 win over De La Salle.
In the fourth inning, the Matadors sent 15 to the plate against four Amador pitchers and scored nine runs on eight hits. Craig Woolson singled to start the marathon rally. Fernandez doubled, and Dan Whitney (3 for 3) singled up the middle for an RBI. Ryan Kirby (3 for 3) added a two-run single, and Jordan Thrailkill had an RBI single, all in the fourth.
Fernandez's grand slam in the fifth was his first home run of the season.
"Against Foothill (on Wednesday) I hit one off the fence," Fernandez said. "For some reason this whole year I've seemed to hit the ball off the top of the fence. And when I hit that one (against Amador) and I saw top spin, I was just praying it would get out, and it did."
NCS Division I Tournament: The top four seeds in both the singles and doubles brackets all advanced to Saturday's North Coast Section Division I Individual Tournament semifinals at Saint Mary's College.
In singles, No. 1 seed Miguel Diaz of Castro Valley and No. 2 seed Andrew Gu of Albany both advanced to the semifinals with straight-set wins in the quarterfinals at Saint Mary's. In the other two quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Luke Bohuslav of Miramonte defeated Mission San Jose's James Chen 6-0, 4-6, 6-0, and No. 4 seed Alex Keyser of San Ramon Valley beat Terra Linda's Jerod Mah 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.